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Women take 2nd at Carnegie Mellon

Arlesha Cospy won two events at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this weekend.
Arlesha Cospy won two events at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this weekend.

The Denison women's track and field team posted seven victories en route to a second-place finish at the Carnegie Mellon 5 Team Invitational held in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Senior Aedin Brennan, sophomore Arlesha Cospy and freshman Ajai Brooks were all double winners for the Big Red, while senior Kate Benson collected DU's seventh win of the day. Brennan swept the hurdle events, winning the 100-meter (15.35) and 400-meter hurdles (1:06.29). The senior also posted a third-place finish in the javelin with a personal-record mark of 117'8", which was 2'9" better than her previous PR.

Cospy set one school record and two meet records with three top-2 showings in field events. The sophomore opened the event on Friday evening by finishing second in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 115'8". That mark bested teammate Rebecca Fritch's school mark by seven inches, and was almost 40 feet farther than her previous personal-best performance (75'11"). On Saturday, Cospy won both of her events. She was victorious in the discus with a personal and meet record toss of 141', which was a 4'7" improvement from last season's PR. Later in the day, Cospy won the shot put with a meet record mark of 38'4.75".

Brooks, who earned her first All-American honor just two weeks ago, won the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The freshman sprinter turned in a meet-record time of 12.61 in the 100, which moved her into fourth on the school's top performer's list. In the 200 dash, Brooks turned in a winning time of 25.26. That showing put her second on the top performer's list in the event. Benson picked up the Big Red's final win of the afternoon, finishing the 5,000-meter event in 18:51.63.

Denison's Emily Grabauskas, Phoebe Osterhout and Emily Lamm went 2-3-4 in the 800-meter run. Grabauskas clocked in at 2:23.00, while Osterhout and Lamm checked in with times of 2:25.39 and 2:25.97, respectively. Other runner-up finishes came from sophomore Hannah Hall and junior Anne Lee. Hall was second in the high jump after tying the meet record with a mark of 5'2.50". Lee placed second in the triple jump with a final mark of 33'10". The junior jumper finished tied for fourth in the long jump at 15'7".

Finishing behind Hall in the high jump were freshman Grace Zukowski and sophomore Jessica Nix. Zukowski took fifth, while Nix was sixth. Both successfully cleared 4'6.75". Nix was also tied for fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100 hurdles. The sophomore posted a personal record in the long jump (15'7") and turned in a time of 17.35 in the hurdles.

Fritch turned in three top-5 performance highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the discus. The senior posted a personal record with a mark of 121'10". Fritch also placed fifth in the shot put (32'7.50") and hammer throw (104'11"). Freshman Mackenzie Mason was fifth in the pole vault after clearing 8'3.50", while senior Lindsey Studebaker took sixth in the 1500-meter event with a time of 5:21.30.

The foursome of Brennan, Macy Diaz, Kalani Rose and Brooks took second in both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. The team posted a time of 51.01 in the 4x100 before closing out the day with a time of 4:13.99 in the 4x400 relay.

The host Tartans won the event with 245 points, while the Big Red checked in with 156 tallies. Waynesburg and Allegheny finished in a tie for third (69), while Franciscan rounded out the scoring with 11 points.

Denison returns to action next weekend (April 1-2) at the VertKlasse Meeting held at High Point University in High Point, N.C.